Recipe: Potato Bake

This is not just your boring old potato bake. This potato bake is oozing with cheese, with creaminess, and some good ol’ fashioned ‘erbs. It is so ridiculously tasty that I swear I could just eat it as a main dish, but I try not to, and to date, have only made it as a…

Akarua Wines & Kitchen

Akarua Wines & Kitchen (265 Arrowtown – Lake Hayes Road, Arrowtown)   Previously known as Walnut Cottage, Akarua is a cutesy little cottage located just out of Arrowtown, not much further than Millbrook. After pulling into the gravel carpark, we made our way to the entrance across the sun-streamed patio and outdoor tables. We were welcomed…

Recipe: Dumplings

Dumplings are one of those foods that I think have become particularly trendy in the last few years; if you asked people 10 years ago, I’m sure many probably wouldn’t even know what you were talking about. There is a huge spectrum for the quality of dumplings; it is so easy to go out and…

Recipe: Five spice pork with Asian greens

This meal takes a little longer than most of the other recipes on my blog, but it presents really beautifully and is incredibly tasty and fresh. Slow cooking the pork means that it stays tender and can soak up the flavours of the ingredients surrounding it. As you may have guessed by now, I love…

Sticky pork ribs

Growing up, my favourite restaurant was Lonestar. Every single time we went I ordered the same thing – along with my mum and brother; we always ordered the ribs. The waitress would bring a bowl of hot water (for washing your fingers in) which would always get my excited that my meal was about to come,…

Bran, carrot and walnut muffins

These tasty delights are very easy to whip up and are perfect for those last minute guests. I usually have carrots on hand, and so the only thing I need to make sure I have on hand are bran and walnuts (which is a given if I’ve made muesli in recent weeks). Collect 2 c…

Recipe: Pumpkin & Coconut Soup

Winter is definitely a season that can get you down. But one thing that always picks me is some good ol’ homemade soup. It’s hard to go past pumpkin soup, which is so filling, warming and just plain delicious. It’s also so cheap to make – so long as you have a pumpkin on hand,…

Recipe: Feijoa Crepes

On our property at home we have an abundance of feijoa trees. So many, that it gets to the point that unless you are stewing and freezing them on a regular basis, a lot of them end up rotting and mushy under the trees outside. It can be hard to keep on top of them…

Recipe: Cauliflower, Potato & Bacon Soup

It can be so exciting coming up with variations to your traditional soup flavours. Gone are the days where the choices were pumpkin soup, tomato soup and mushroom soup – now there are always countless flavours to choose from. It’s great making soup too – although it seems time-consuming, it’s actually really easy when you…

Recipe: Triple Chocolate Brownie

This recipe is an absolute winner. I kid you  not, every time it goes down a treat. It is super important to not overcook it; in fact, if you were planning on serving it as a dessert with icecream, I would actually under cook it slightly so that it stays gooey and runny on the…